The New Secret Garden—Entry Update

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Entry garden from the Dutch door

The view from the kitchen Dutch door



WThe new entry garden really is a secret—until you walk through the path to the front door and it reveals itself to you. I love the new stone wall my architect Keven Hawkins added—what a bonus when your architect also designs gardens! The wall gives us privacy from the road and a beautiful secluded spot to enjoy the view. My faux bois bench looks great under the window box and is the perfect perch near the kitchen Dutch door—thanks for the idea, Martha!

The wall also supports large terracotta planters that will permanently line the entry drive—à la Furlow Gatewood. We have planted mini limelight hydrangeas in the pots—hope they survive the snow. These photos were taken just after installation of the garden. I will follow up later when it is all complete and lovely.

We are also going to add a small gate to keep the puppies safe. I have a great Gate Board on Pinterest—I hope I can decide soon, lol.

Have a great day and go plant a new garden this fall. Everything is on sale now, and it’s a great time to plant!

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‘Before’ picture of the entry


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New terra cotta pots mark the entry and line the stone wall


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New beds filling up with plants—lavender variety ‘Phenomenal’ good to zone 5.


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Stone patio is original to house—lucky break for me.


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Shady corner has ferns, hosta and bugbane—pigeon statue from the Charles Faudree estate.


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What an amazing change!


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Conical boxwood from Boxwoods in Atlanta.


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I can hardly wait for it all to be finished!


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Janie and Gracie will never go through the boxwood ‘wall.’


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Approval from the puppies


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Now let’s go for a walk, Mom


xo♥, Lissy
All photos by Lissy Parker for You are welcome to ‘borrow’ my photos—just please credit the source.

September 21, 2016
September 28, 2016



  1. Reply

    Design Chic

    September 23, 2016

    I can’t tell you how much I love this, Lissy! The addition is looking so great and I adore your secret garden…the perfect spot for morning coffee and evening drinks…heaven, and the pups are the perfect accessory! Happy weekend ~

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      September 26, 2016

      My furry garden ornaments are the best feature. lol

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    Debbie Brock

    September 23, 2016

    Looks great! Where did you buy your Dutch doors? Love them!

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      September 26, 2016

      Debbie, The Dutch doors were purchased by my architect, Keven Hawkins. Just give him a call if you need one.

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    September 23, 2016

    Absolutely gorgeous!!!

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    Cathy Garrett

    September 24, 2016

    Looks great Lissy’s and I love all the boxwoods and plantings. Love the stone walls my fav!

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      September 26, 2016

      Thank you Cathy. Phase two is going in tomorrow. We are adding tow large red maples.


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